Marcus Tullius Cicero: Pro Sestio [On Behalf of Sestius]

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The Speech On Behalf of Sestius (Pro Sestio) was one of a number of speeches that Cicero delivered after his recall to help those who were being prosecuted in part because of their efforts on his behalf. In the speech, Cicero defends Publius Sestius, who, according to Cicero, had assisted him in keeping an eye on his fellow consul C. Antonius during the Catilinarian conspiracy and who was instrumental in Cicero’s return from exile. Cicero was but one member of Sestius’ defense team, and, as such, his speech does not outline the case – a job ceded to the orator Hortensius. Indeed, we know the charge was vis contra rem publicam (‘violence detrimental to the state’) but …

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Citation:
Melchior, Aislinn. "Pro Sestio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 February 2014
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